Thursday, October 3, 2013

The A205 saga continues: Roquemore and his merry SNAFUsters


     HERE'S THE STORY: faculty who teach in IVC's A205 (the "Anthro" room) figure out that there’s a disturbing pattern among instructors who use the room: they’re suffering bronchitis and the like. (See The mold monster returns?) They alert the authorities, who blow them off as per usual, but then students who’ve apparently been sickened by A205—four of 'em—come out of the woodwork and that’s when things start jumpin’—in the way that things jump at IVC, namely:
     Administration have the HVAC system inspected, and it checks out A-OK. That means that the problem is specific to A205—likely the mold monster. This information isn’t sent to the faculty or students—it's the usual IVC communication zilchitude. But, somehow, the info does get to faculty.
     Anyhow, the name of the administrative doctrine then embraced is “the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing” (aka the prime Roquemorian directive). By this morning, one peevish instructor is under the impression that room A205 is locked and entry is strictly verboten (this morning, I dropped by A205 and took a picture of the "verboten" warning on the door; sure enough, the door was locked).
     Yeah, great. But then an instructor who uses A205 shows up (at 8:00) to teach her class there—nobody’s tells her about this verbotenitude. And so she says, "What's the deal?" and she calls security, who immediately send over a cop who unlocks the door. The instructor is soon happily teaching to her flock in this sick classroom, a fact just then noticed by the aforementioned clued-in instructor and her dean, who happen to be walking (and peeving) along the path outside A205!  (See pic below.) Jeez!
     To make a long story short, the room is again locked and declared verboten. Last I checked it’s still that way, but who knows. Maybe, by now, they’ve moved Early College (or Intro to Mold) in there or something. You never know. Not around here, that's for sure.

UPDATE: I checked the door of A205 this morning (Friday). The "verboten" sign remains, but the door is now unlocked!

Moisture outside the southeast window is a possible source of seepage.
"Hey, they're holding class in there!"

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Saddleback had a mold problem several years back: not taken seriously until John William's daughter became ill. Then things changed and quickly--and it was mold.

Anonymous said...

What a great example of the side effects of the IVC adminisrtation's fear of communication. Boy, they are really looking out for us.

Anonymous said...

I guess they didn't notify the students either - otherwise they would have told the instructor. Geez. That's some management style.

Anonymous said...

I do NOT understand why they do not tell us anything. This is ridiculous. They send out a blizzard of chirpy emails everyday but not about conditions at the college which affect our working conditions and our health? How much more contempt can they show to us and our students? If Glen ever got out and walked the hall and talked to students and staff he might understand a bit more.

Anonymous said...

So they didn't even tell security about the problem in the room so the cops let the class in? PERFECT.

Anonymous said...

What agency do we contact about this? Why doesn't the district step in and instruct these guys in how to communicate to people. HELLO!!!!!

Anonymous said...

They used to have plastic plants planted in the ground outside that window. Maybe they should go back to that and then they wouldn't have to water - then no seepage - then no mold! (How old is A-200 anyway?)

Anonymous said...

Is this connected to the mysterious disappearance of Darryl Cox?

Anonymous said...

yes, Darryl's disappearance, the water seepage, the poisoned classroom, the helicopter, the campus-wide power outage - ALL CONNECTED!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Mold in the DSPS Testing Center too.
IVC is the land of Cheese!

Anonymous said...

So that's why all the testing is being done in the library!?! I thought they were going to fix that by now...hasn't it been going on since summer?

Anonymous said...

I used to smoke a pack of cigarettes a day...Now I have respiratory issues and it's A205's fault! . Guess who I am!

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